Gratitude seems to be in short supply in American life, and even more so when we think about our work. We are just coming off of Thanksgiving weekend, where we gathered with friends and family to express our gratitude for the abundance we have in our lives. I wonder how many of us thought anything about having gratitude for the work we engage in, or the endless opportunities technology offers us? When it comes to our work lives, we all sometimes go on autopilot and don’t truly realize how much it impacts our existence. 70% of a person’s day is consumed with work. Work meaning everything outside of personal interests and family that bring you income. The kind of work you do, where you do it, who you do it with and the how much you get paid to do it all take some combination of the physical, mental and emotional toll on the body. Our sense of stability, contribution and self-worth are heavily impacted by our work.  Because these elements are all true, it goes without saying (but I will) that when work is good it’s something to be thankful for and not take for granted.   

These are a few elements of work-life that I am thankful for:  

I am thankful for the invention of the computer, the world wide web, fiber optic cables, software systems, high performing batteries, the mobile phone. Not to mention every other gadget and tool that gives me the freedom to do work anywhere there is internet and an electrical socket.  

I am thankful for the era of accessibility to different places to live, explore and see that expands my work options. The ability for businesses in all industries, for all jobs and people to connect to get work done is global. Everything from how we get to and from work, the buildings that we work in, the places we want to see and explore are endless. 

I am thankful for employers who want to move our working world into the digital era. Employers that want to bring more balance to the employer-employee relationship make it possible for their companies to grow and their people to be empowered to make choices right for their work lives.  

I am thankful for generations before me, my generation and the generations after me.  Every generation helped us to get where we are now, every generation has the chance to bridge the change and every new generation has the chance to pick up that change and set new expectations.  

I am thankful for skilled, get-it-done Talent who work smarter and harder to move business forward. The people that I have worked with over the years that take pride in their work are the most memorable and without those people economies would struggle. 

I am thankful for partners in business, in government and in life that are ethical, purpose-driven and just damn fun that know that life must be filled with joy to make any of this worthwhile. 

I am thankful for the era of sanity, disclosure, and access to information that makes doing shady business practices challenging, forcing us to improve the quality of what we bring to the market.  

I am thankful for the experiences in life that give me a good reason to spend my hard earned money from working.  

I am thankful for the gifts that have been given to me that are completely out of my control to be able to do work that means something beyond profit and give others the opportunity to do the same.  

Obviously, having an attitude of gratitude and choosing what to be thankful for is based on the individual. If you don’t have that attitude, you probably need to figure out why that is before this blog can apply to you. Think about the things in your work life that you find worth your time, that is giving you stability and not causing unnecessary strife on your mind, body, spirit, and mentality. If you can’t find too much, you may want to find a different work life, a different way of doing work, a different way of getting work done, because you have options and that is something to be thankful for.